We chose this Norwegian cruise for the ports of call. We have been to the Caribbean a number of previous times and we liked that this cruise was leaving from and returning to New Orleans, LA. We were interested in seeing Roatan Island, Belize, and Costa Maya. These were new stops for us.
The Breakaway is the largest Norwegian cruise ship that we have been on. It had its good points and some downside points for us. One of the main issues is the number of venues where entertainment was provided and the need to make reservations to see the included entertainment. It was new to us and a bit confusing. The smaller venues didn't have a lot of seating and in the case of the Headliner's venue, you just sat in rows on uncomfortable wooden chairs with no table near-by to set your cocktails on. There was no dedicated lounge with seating and a dance floor to go dancing. The musical duo who performed most regularly at the Atrium, set-up their equipment in the middle of the small dance space making it unsuitable for dancing. We enjoyed the performance in Syd Norman's Pour House the best as far as entertainment, but the dance floor was unusable because the performers were on it most of their act.
The food in the Taste and Savor restaurants was excellent. We preferred these two smaller restaurants rather than going to the larger Manhattan Dining Room. Service all throughout the ship was first class.
This was a very nice cabin. Very well-appointed oversized bathroom with lots of storage and spacious feel. The bed was comfortable. There was a couch for additional seating. The extra large balcony had room for two loungers and two chairs and a table.
This cabin is on level 8. Being near the front, this room was affected by noise and vibration from the thrusters when the ship was docking.
Arrived two days before the cruise from Canada. Stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn - Convention Center. Nice clean hotel, reasonable price, excellent service. Took an afternoon river cruise aboard the Creole Queen river boat. Very interesting scenery plus excellent commentary throughout the whole trip.
Nice to lounge on the beach. Rented a beach umbrella which we felt should have been included in the price of the excursion.
In order to do this excursion, you have to take a boat from the Norwegian island of Harvest Caye to land in Belize. Then, by bus this was a 2-part excursion to experience Mayan culture. Half the group walked through a chocolate plantation while the other half was shown the historical way that chocolate was produced by the Mayans. Then the groups switched places.